Military Medal GVI for Greek Civil War grp 50th R Tanks SOLD


Military Medal GVI (405322 Cpl. E.W. Edwards, R. Tank R.), 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy  Star, Defence & War Medal GVF swing mounted.

Cpl (later L/Sgt) Edward Wallace Edwards, Royal Tank Corps, served with 50th Royal Tank Regiment as an tank crew/commander through the North Africa and Italy campaigns. 

Cpl Edwards was awarded the M.M. was in the campaign the communists in the Greek Civil War.  The MM was awarded in the London Gazette 10/5/45.  The recommendation, like so many for the Greek Civil War, has not been released by the MOD, but it does appear in the book "50th Royal Tank Regiment, The Complete History" by Stephen D. Hamilton which states that on New Years Eve 1944 : 

"At Athens on the night of 31st December/1st January 18944 and attack by the ELAS was made against one of the most forward posts of C Squadron's sector, under the command of Corporal Edwards.  Despite a determined assault the post held firm and suffered no casualties, though inflicting a number on the ELAS.  The next morning Corporal Edwards realised that the enemy had occupied the house across the road from his post.  Taking two men with him Edwards attacked the position; breaking into the house they discovered that the ELAS had "mouse holed" from the rear of the building and were preparing to put the house into a state of defence.  Determined to clear the position Edwards pressed home his attack.  Subsequently two ELAS were killed and a third wounded.  Due to Corporal Edwards' aggressive leadership, arms and ammunition had been captured and the ELAS never again attempted to occupy a house near his position." 

A 1962 newspaper clipping also comes with the group detailing some of Edwards' exploits in the Desert, see below. Including stating that L/Sgt Edwards was a pre-war regular and has been seriously wounded by burns when his tank was hit. On recovering from his wounds acted as Montgomery’s driver. RESERVED

With copy of London Gazette and references to L/Sgt Edwards in "50th Royal Tank Regiment, The Complete History"

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